Designer, developer, consultant and teacher — specialized in design systems and art direction for digital products.
What I Do
My core strength is my systematic approach of design. Instead of treating design jobs as a sum of isolated tasks, I aim for creating an inventory of composable and interchangeable parts to form a greater, wholesome system. This applies to any software or website but also brand design, expanding into print, even hardware, copywriting, … . Welcomed side effects are usually greater performance through less code as well as more consistency and clarity — benefits for both, users and creators.
Teaching & Consulting
Teaching is an important aspect of my work. I held several in-house workshops at design and development companies and since 2013 I am teaching a four-semester course on Interaction Design with emphasis on Human Centered Design and Psychology for Designers at the Berlin-based School for Games. In 2016/17 I taught programming with Scratch to younger kids (age 8–12) at Haba Digitalwerkstatt.
This is a brief collection of work samples from the last few years. More in-depth case studies might follow …
Career & Qualification
My current employment is team lead at Yoshino, a Berlin-based company specialized in digital product development and design for health care related brands. In 2017/18 I was asked to build and lead their small interdisciplinary team of developers and designers. On a typical day, you find me switching between art direction, UX design, team management, frontend development and occasionally running performance reviews or job interviews.
Before Yoshino, I was working freelance. My jobs varied between design- and frontend-development gigs. Among my clients were mostly large agencies and sometimes Berlin-based startups. I was involved in projects for companies and brands like Volkswagen, BMW, MTV Networks, EMI Music, German and Swiss Television Channels (ARD, ZDF, Pro7, Sat1, SF), Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, eBay … and possibly more. However I dicovered that working for smaller clients usually came with more resposibility and impact on the overall project. I must say I mostly preferred that.
In-depth knowledge of professional layout/design software like Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator etc.
Eye for clean, well-executed typography and layout
Focussed on designing component-based systems (with or without frameworks like Vue or React)
Proficient with related tools, preprocessors/transpilers and frameworks like LESS, SASS, NPM, Webpack and what not
Good knowledge of programming theory, able to get stuff done in many languages, eg. PHP, C, BASH
Confident and enthusiastic speaker/presenter
Experienced teacher and mentor
Skilled team lead, experienced with planning and running job interviews, performance reviews, recource management, strategic meetings, motivation tactics, etc.
My first language is German. I am fluent in speaking and writing English. Mon français est nul.
I hold a diploma in design (2006, University of Applied Sciences, Germany) and I am a certified teacher for adult education (2017, AZAV, Germany).
My job has always been very satisfying, enabling me to combine knowledge from so many fields of interest. I am somewhat skilled in woodworking, electronics, a bit of audio engineering and I always enjoy to learn about behavioral psychology, linguistics, politics, history, modern art and literature. One of my main drives is understanding and fixing stuff. The joy I gain from repairing an old but well-built thing often beats the experience from buying something new. This influences my work as well. I value sustainability, scalability, great documentation and I care for details.
However … and as corny as it may sound … music has always been my greatest passion. My most recent is a dark wave band in which I sing, write the lyrics and play bass guitar. Since the very first time I heard the early tunes from Bauhaus, Joy Division, the Cure, etc. I was fascinated by the raw power and expression of such minimalist yet athmosperic music. Artists of the early, diverse Post-Punk era seemed to be obsessed with the same problem: How much can you stylisticly strip down, yet still achieve a maximum effect? The fascination for this approach never really left me.